Enjoy the freedom and flexibility of your own vehicle on this classic self-drive itinerary showcasing Namibia’s diverse landscapes in a loop from the capital city. With seaside sights, sensational sand dunes and safari adventures along the way, as well as fascinating history and captivating culture, this itinerary has it all!
Read on to discover more about this incredible adventure!
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This journey will begin in Windhoek where guests will pick up their car before driving to their accommodation, Habitas Namibia, for the next two nights. This stunning safari accommodation is nestled in a 51,000 hectare nature reserve where memorable wildlife encounters are complemented perfectly with a focus on wellness, exquisite cuisine and authentic cultural experiences. Guests can spend their days here practicing yoga on the deck before setting off on thrilling safari drives around the reserve, where rhinos, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, hippos, leopards and cheetahs roam free.
Today, guests will drive to the NamibRand Nature Reserve where they will spend the next two nights at Kwessi Dunes. This safari camp is located deep in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, promising an immersive desert experience for guests in an untouched wilderness. Guests can explore the land via quad bike, horseback, safari vehicle or on foot. Once night falls, it’s time to appreciate some of the best stargazing in the world in the only Dark Sky Reserve in Africa. With the striking landscape of NamibRand National Reserve and the renowned site of Sossusvlei nearby, there’s plenty for guests to explore during their stay here.
The next stop is Swakopmund, a town on the coast of western Namibia. Guests will enjoy a two night stay at the Strand Hotel Swakopmund, a stylish seaside retreat on Swakopmund’s historic Mole surrounded by the rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean. From the adrenaline-fueled to the more sedate, there’s a variety of activities to choose from in Swakopmund and the surrounding area. Explore the town on a guided Segway tour or discover the seaside wonders along the coast, where wildlife and decaying shipwrecks sit side by side.
Guests will then drive north to Damaraland, one of Namibia’s most remote areas, home to endless vistas of plains, valleys and mountains and one of the largest and most important concentration of rock art in Africa. Guests will stay at Damaraland Camp for the next two nights. This camp offers a distinctive blend of luxury accommodation and wilderness adventure in the heart of the Huab River Valley. Part-owned and mainly run by local people, the lodge is a fantastic example of community-based tourism with an eco-friendly ethos and offers a unique experience in a remarkable remote location. Guests can spend their days discovering desert-adapted wildlife on safari drives and nature walks, as well as enjoying an excursion to the World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein.
Today, guests will arrive in Etosha, where they will spend the next two nights at the luxury safari lodge, Anderssons At Ongava, located in a private game reserve. Discover a myriad of wildlife on safari drives and nature walks as well as fantastic game-spotting opportunities at the nearby waterhole. Visit the Ongava Research Centre to learn more about conservation science and Ongava Reserve’s place in it. Guests will then enjoy a two night stay at Onguma The Fort, also located in the private game reserve. Elegant accommodations and panoramic views await at this characterful lodge which combines an authentic African feel with accents of Morocco and India.
The last stop on this incredible journey is Okonjima Nature Reserve. Stopping midway between the spectacular Etosha National Park and Windhoek, the Okonjima Nature Reserve is well-known for its links to AfriCAT, a carnivore sanctuary. Not to be missed is a thrilling cat-tracking guided safari as well as going leopard-spotting, venturing out on off-road night drives and learning about the local San culture along the Bushmen trail. Guests will enjoy a two night stay at the luxurious Okonjima Bush Suite which is set on a secluded location on the edge of a natural waterhole, ensuring guests are completely immersed in nature.
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